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My Greatest Discovery – How to Make Everyone Smarter
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by Bob Doman These COVID-19 Coronavirus times have certainly turned many of our worlds upside down. We now virtually have a world full of homeschoolers; more parents are at home with their children than at any time in the history of the world. Exceptional times and exceptional circumstances can also result in exceptional opportunities. Many of us are rediscovering and … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 3
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by Bob Doman   You say nice things –I like you! You’re fun to be around! You think I’m good-you like me! I’ll be good for you and try hard! You just say ugly things to me! You think I’m bad and dumb—then I’ll be bad and dumb!   Simple statements: The more positive you are with a child, the … Read More

The Truth About Tim
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I remember meeting Tim and his mom in March of 2018. Tim came to his evaluation as a 13-year-old with some misgivings. He comes from a great homeschooling family with an enthusiastic and energetic mom who has been homeschooling her children for quite some time with excellent results. So, Tim had quite a bit of experience in how homeschooling was … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 1
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Was That Right or Wrong? (And does it matter?) by Bob Doman Was that right or wrong? Did I do well or not? Was that important or not? Does getting it right matter, and if so how much? Should I care—do I care? Is it fun? Do I like this and want to do it again? Am I good at … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 2
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You Like Things You Think You’re Good At by Bob Doman I’m good at reading! I love to read! I stink at reading—I hate it! I’m great at soccer! I really like playing soccer; let’s play some more! I’m lousy at soccer—I hate it, I quit! Simple statement: You like what you think you’re good at. The ramifications of this … Read More

Nicolas Cooke is Physically and Mentally Tough
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by Lyn Waldeck Today’s spotlight is on a fine young man who I have known since 1996. Yes, that is correct, 1996. I have been with NACD long enough now to have several adults that I have seen since they were infants, Nicolas Cooke being one of them. When I think of individuals that I have the greatest amount of … Read More

2020
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by Bob Doman Here we are, at the beginning of not just a new year, but a new decade. I never quite got the celebration thing. Apparently, the foundation of the New Year’s celebration is to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year. I personally liked 2019. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic changes … Read More

Coco Does it Again!
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Creating a New Vision, Implementing the Plan, and Redefining Potential by Bob Doman I have introduced you to Coco previously here and here. Coco is now almost five and a half. For those of you who are new to Coco, he was born with a brain injury/cerebral palsy, with a very broad range of issues and a terrible prognosis. Previously … Read More

Bowen Oliver Finds His Voice
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by Mandy Oliver When Bowen was almost three years old, we received a formal diagnosis of autism. The diagnosis didn’t scare us, but the lack of therapies that were offered, particularly in our area of the country, did. We were looking at shuttling our child around to multiple 30 minute appointments, all in various cities, multiple times a week. We … Read More

Anxiety in Our Children: The Impact of Anxiety on Working Memory
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by Sara Erling In my last article I mentioned that working memory is another factor to consider when looking at anxiety in our children. Bob Doman, founder and director of NACD, has been at the forefront of understanding working memory and its impact on global function since the early ‘80s. It is a big deal. It is not just big, … Read More

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